Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Public Service That Got Lost in the Post

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Public Service That Got Lost in the Post

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Byline: MELANIE McDONAGH

THE other day, the Allied Irish Bank called up. Normally, calls from this quarter are a delicate way of telling me I have overrun my overdraft. This time, my manager said mysteriously that their systems had identified "unusual activity" on my account.

Had I been issuing cheques for large sums? Actually no; I say a little prayer every time I pass over a cheque for more than [pounds sterling]40. What kind of large cheque? For thousands of pounds, she said. WHAT? I squealed. Get away.

It turns out that the bank had sent me a new chequebook, which hadn't arrived. Someone had used it to issue cheques for: [pounds sterling]9,836; [pounds sterling]9,300; [pounds sterling]4,765; [pounds sterling]6,830; [pounds sterling]4,860; [pounds sterling]4,700. Reader, I have never seen sums like this in my bank statement without the letters DR after them.

I turned up at the local parcel collection depot to talk to the sorting office manager, a delightful older man. …

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